DESPITE a miserable few days, the rain held off for a few hours to give St Luke’s Hospice’s summer fair a truly seasonal feel.
The Pimms flowed and the ice creams were handed out in their hundreds, as more than 1,000 people attended the charity fundraiser.
For the first time in more than 30 years St Luke’s held their annual extravaganza away from their site on Little Common Lane, Whirlow.
With work on the hospice’s £5.5 million redevelopment due to begin in the coming days, the fair was moved across town to St Mary’s Church on Bramall Lane.
Despite the move, the charity’s supporters turned up in their hundreds.
They were rewarded with musical entertainment from the Hallmark of Harmony barbershop choir, saxophonist Andy Cahill and rock band Blind Drivers.
There were bric-a-brac stalls, a hog roast, ice cream supplied by historic Sheffield firm Granelli’s and beer from the Kelham Island brewery.
All proceeds from the day will go towards meeting the £4 million the hospice needs to raise each year just to stay open.
The Star is also fundraising for the hospice and aims to raise £100,000 to towards the new inpatient unit development.
Una Moran, the charity’s fundraising director, said: “We are delighted so many people supported us as we moved to a new location.
“Luckily the rain stopped just in time for the fun to start and it was great to see so many people enjoying the afternoon and helping us with our fundraising.”